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West Ham must avoid the inevitable Michy Batshuayi transfer saga this summer

The summer transfer window is open and, inevitably, West Ham are already being linked with numerous strikers. This is an area that needs strengthening this summer, especially with Andy Carroll set to depart and doubt surrounding the futures of Lucas Perez and Javier Hernandez.

After January’s drama with Marko Arnautovic hoping to move to China, it looks like the Austrian is now settled. But another striker could help provide competition for places.

Several names have already been mentioned. Maxi Gomez was thought to be the club’s top target but that deal now looks dead in the water (The Chronicle).

The same report adds West Ham’s interest in Salomon Rondon. Aleksandar Mitrovic has also been linked (The Daily Star). And various other names have been discussed.


But at some point this summer, West Ham are likely to be linked with Michy Batshuayi. It seems like just a matter of time before these rumours resurface.

West Ham’s biannual Michy Batshuayi chase

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Every window, summer and January, West Ham seem to be chasing Batshuayi. The Chelsea striker is always wanted on loan or permanently.

But this transfer saga has become mundane, repetitive and frankly embarrassing for the club. Each time West Ham get close, he rejects the chance to join.

This happened again on deadline day in the January transfer window. Chelsea agreed to loan the 25-year-old to West Ham (The Daily Mail).

But later on deadline day, Batshuayi turned West Ham’s offer down (The Daily Mail). He did not want to move from Chelsea to West Ham on loan.

Batshuayi then rub salt into the wounds by joining Crystal Palace on loan. The Eagles were lower than West Ham in the table and finished below the Hammers too.

The Belgium international enjoyed a successful spell at Crystal Palace. And West Ham might reignite their interest in Batshuayi if they miss out on some top targets.

But several transfer sagas involving Batshuayi have all ended in defeat. It is not worth West Ham’s time and effort to pursue this deal again this summer.

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